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Data: Just 26% of Indians speak Hindi as mother tongue

Photo for representation.

Photo for representation.  

A language is an umbrella term which contains many mother tongues. 43% of Indians speak the Hindi language, which includes many mother tongues such as Bhojpuri, Rajasthani & Hindi.

Only about 26% of Indians speak Hindi as mother tongue under the broader Hindi language grouping (according to Census 2011).

Close to 40% of the Hindi language speakers speak mother tongues other than Hindi.

State-wise split

The map shows the share of a State’s population who speak the Hindi language (which includes many mother tongues) as of 2011. The share of Hindi language speakers is highest in Uttar Pradesh and lowest in Kerala.

image/svg+xml Uttar Pradesh 94.1% Bihar 77.5% Kerala 0.16% Tamil Nadu 0.55% Rajasthan 89.4% 0.16% 94.1%
 

Many tongues

The Hindi language has 56 mother tongues listed under it. The table lists 10 of those mother tongues which are widely spoken. Each mother tongue’s share in the Hindi language is also listed.

 

Preferred lingo

The chart shows the % of people who speak various mother tongues under the Hindi language. For instance, in Haryana, Haryanvi was the mother tongue of 42% of people who spoke the Hindi language and Hindi was the mother tongue of 54.5% of people who spoke the Hindi language.

 

Listed versus the rest

The chart shows the % of Indians who speak different mother tongues under the ‘Hindi’ language and the % whose mother tongues are listed under the 22 scheduled languages (included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution).

image/svg+xml Speakers of a mother tongue/language as a % of India’s pop 15L 0.1 0.2 0.4 1 2 5 10 30 40L 1 Cr. 3 Cr. 7 Cr. 40 Cr. Absolute number of speakers Bhojpuri Kannada Malayalam Hindi Rajasthani Chhattisgarhi Nepali Bodo Bengali Tamil 15 Cr. % of Indians who speak different mother tongues under the ‘Hindi’ language % whose mother tongues are listed under the 22 scheduled languages
 

Despite being spoken by a large number of people, Bhojpuri and Rajasthani are not listed as scheduled languages, while Bodo and Nepali which are spoken by relatively fewer people are in the Eighth Schedule.

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